Your best ideas come when you’re not trying your best but when you’re not trying at all.
Ideas hit you when you’re resting, when your mind is at ease. This is because the mind never shuts off. It’s always processing knowledge, thoughts, and experience even in a perceived dormant state. Says composer and playwright Lin-Manuel Miranda:
“A good idea doesn’t come when you’re doing a million things. The good idea comes in the moment of rest. It comes in the shower. It comes when you’re doodling or playing trains with your son. It’s when your mind is on the other side of things.”
Creativity is always awake
Creativity is always awake but it needs time to bloom. It takes in new information and gets feedback along the way. Furthermore, there’s no such thing as a eureka moment. A good idea is an accumulation of bad ones, cleaned up and simplified through trial and error.
Above all, something magical seems to happy though when you step away and let the brain do the work. It makes its own unforced connections.
How to be more creative
1. have many ideas
2. hate them all
3. accept that you’ve failed in life
4. abandon project
5. suddenly, miraculously, a good idea comes when you least expect it
6. repeat until you lose your mind
— meh (@bonehugsnirony) March 26, 2018
Discovery is not a matter of giving up but giving in to the process of waiting while keeping the faith.